Canlit

How Literature Finally Lets Queers Speak

Thom Vernon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Living
Thom Vernon

Coming up in a heteronormative world can be crushing to anyone who doesn't fit that mold. A lot of us who knew early that we were different also knew whether that difference was welcome -- or was to be removed. Queer writers have mined, and are mining, the insights that abandonment, isolation and violence have gifted us.

Steven Galloway, a Petition Can Not Be Defined as 'Censorship'

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

So there you have it: censorship takes place when authorities -- i.e. those with real power -- issue fatwas, demand a book be withdrawn, remove it from schools/libraries, burn or otherwise prevent people from reading it. It would be censorship if Mr. Harper's Minister of literature turned around and said, "Take that sucker off the shelves. No one's gonna read about tampon lollipops on my watch!" No matter how hard Galloway et al. twists it, a petition to the Canada Council to reconsider an award just doesn't qualifies as censorship in the real world.

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

Rae Spoon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Music
Rae Spoon

I recently ended up on a talk radio show based in my hometown of Calgary. "Is this Rae Spoon?" asked the interviewer. "Yes, it is," I replied. "And you are transgender, right?" "Yes, I am." "And we're supposed to use a different word for you?"...In over 10 years, through the hundreds of interviews I'd done with people firing questions at me about being transgender, I had always tried to avoid answering the ones that sounded like they were something off of Jerry Springer.

Famous Novelist Bashes Canadian Literature

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Only three months after a Canadian writer received the Nobel Prize for literature for the first time ever, one U.S. writer dismissed our literary trad...

Canadian Playwright Brad Fraser on Keeping Things Interesting

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Living
Anya Wassenberg

Canadian playwright (screenwriter and director and producer) extraordinaire Brad Fraser has been lighting up Canada's literary scene for many years. Outside of his stage projects, he shares his blunt take on politics and other hot topics in Xtra Magazine every month in his Fraser's Edge column. Like the man himself, his columns are reasoned, outspoken, often witty, and never boring.

Q&A With Patrick deWitt, GG Fiction Prize Winner

Justin Hosker | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada
Justin Hosker

Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers is right in my wheelhouse -- a funny, dark, story-driven literary western; a character study that explores sibling bonds and the consequences of violence. I recently got the chance to ask Patrick about The Sisters Brothers.